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Dec 6, 2013 5:00pm EST
. mark segraves, news 4. >> thank you, mark. >>> there have been many tears, but south africans are also singing and dancing in emotional celebrations that continue outside nelson mandela's home in johannesburg. president obama will travel there to take part in events to honor his life. the country is planning a public memorial on tuesday. his burial takes place the following sunday. several memorial events are planned here in washington, including an official service next week at the national cathedral. shomari stone joins us live from the south african embassy in northwest washington with the latest from there. >> reporter: good evening. right now, i'm standing outside the embassy and i'm in front of the ten-foot statue of nelson mandela unveiled two months ago. let me move out the way. it continues to grow with the flowers and a lot of folks tell me they are concerned a lot of people aren't coming tonight due to the weather. it's worth mentioning folks are honoring the iconic life of nelson mandela. >> it's a -- gosh, i want to say a happy sad. >> reporter: she has mixed emotions at t
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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
monday morning rush, too. back to you guys. >> thanks, veronica. >>> again, a picture of the briefing room at the white house. president obama is going to be speaking, making a statement in just a few moments about the passing this afternoon of former south african president, nelson mandela. >> this afternoon, the announcement came from jacob zuma. he said to his fellow south african s that he would receive a state funeral and the flags lowered friday and remain at half staff until his funeral. president obama was in south africa in june with the first family, his daughters and wife, taking, really, a history lesson for his daughters. touring the jail cell where he spent so many years as a political prisoner. did not get a chance to meet with nelson mandela because he is too ill. he's been receiving treatment at home, which is what the family wanted to see. you can see him there with winnie mandela. again, he came out of prison back in 1990, known as the father of democracy in modern south africa. >> we are getting reaction from capitol hill now. democratic leader of the house, nancy
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